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by Cricket World & Patrick Latham & Wesley Durston Sunday 28 June 2020
Gloucestershire 321/6 (Hammond 124, Stevenson 3/70)
This Chelmsford wicket looked as flat as anything all summer so far and Gloucestershire jumped at the chance to bat first on winning the toss.
The early loss of captain Dent gave way for a fantastic partnership between recent England training squad call up Bracey (73) and Hammond who scored a beautiful 124.
Hampshire’s pain didn't end with Bracey’s dismissal as Hankins arrived and slapped 82*. The fact the middle order fell away was not an ideal end to the innings, but Gloucester were able to declare on an imposing 321/6.
Kent 309ao (Blake 89*, C Overton 3/74)
Sam Billings may have regretted his decision to bat first as the first ball from Craig Overton (3/74) demolished his stumps.
The Kent recovery came through Crawley and Bell-Drummond with a pair of 50s. Blake (89*) took up the charge later in the day as he batted superbly with the tail to lift Kent up over 300 to set a challenging first innings score.
Warwickshire 117ao (Ambrose 44, Anderson 5/56)
Lancashire 164/7 (Livingstone 60, Norwell 2/27)
Win the toss and bat they say.. There appeared no doubt in Warwickshire's mind as they did just that this morning, but did not reckon on Anderson and Mahmood steamrollering them for a way below par 117 between lunch and tea on day 1. Ambrose was the only batter able to counter the swing and seam for his 44, whilst Anderson clocked up another 5/56, great preparation for the West Indies who lie ahead for him in the coming days.
Lancashire had their own struggles as Norwell impressed with 2/27 showing class with the ball as Livingstone was the only player for Lancashire to look vaguely comfortable with 60 as Lancs closed on 164/7
Northants 181ao (Vasconcelos 61, Kimber 5/35)
Surrey 127/7 (Stoneman 31, Buck 3/36)
Northants won the toss here at Wantage Road and asked to bat first. Vascolencos (61) got the hosts off to a good start, but wickets were falling around him.
Only Berg & Glover made the tail wag for Northants but still 181 was all they could muster. Surrey youngster Nick Kimber (5/35) taking his first, First Class, 5 wicket haul.
In reply, Surrey have dug themselves into a real hole, as they close on 127/7, with only Stoneman (31) showing the determination and judgement required to survive (for a while) against the Northants attack. Nathan Buck doing the damage for Northants with 3/36.
Essex 190ao (Westley 81, Bresnan 5/35)
Yorkshire 125/1 (Malan 51*, Porter 1/50)
Essex elected to bat on what looked a fine batting surface, but were quickly undone losing three quickly to Pillans and Coad.
Westley (81) played a patient and watchful innings to help Essex to a below par 190ao. It could have been a lot worse but for the assistance he had from ten Doeschate (45) in the middle order. It was Willey who did most damage to Essex with a fantastic spell of bowling which brought him 5 wickets for just 35 runs.
The Yorkshire top order showed their class and closed on 125/1. That 1 was a beauty from Porter to dismiss Lyth, and it needed to be with the Yorkshire batters in this kind of form.
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